Day 23

Trip Start Sep 21, 2011
Trip End Sep 21, 2012

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Where I stayed
Chitwan Tiger Camp
What I did
Engaged with nature

Flag of Nepal  , Central Region,
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Today's activities begin at dawn with a canoe ride on the Rapti river. The canoe is a hollowed-out tree bark, which apparently is perfectly adequate in keeping me safely from crocodiles. Really??? Hmm, not convinced. Still it was fun, got to see lots of birds, rhino, oh and a few crocs slithering past the 'canoe'. Sweet Jesus.

Then it's off into the jungle for a walk and a bit of wildlife spotting. However, after 3 hours walk, didn't really see much - some monkeys, a few deer. The guide kept pointing at stuff but i couldn't see a bloody thing - I'm gonna blame the colour-blindness. Did get lots of tantalising 'footprints' though. "Here's a fresh tiger footprint." Yeah, but where's the soddin tiger who made it???

Then went to see 'elephant bathing'. Though on closer inspection, it was more about 'human bathing', with people clambering on the elephants' back in the river and being prodded with a stick to then shoot water at them. Decided to pass on that.

Later we go to the elephant breeding centre, where we see the iccle baby oliphants. Super lush! We also go on an elephant ride through the jungle. Hmm, I'm not sure about this, but decide to abandon all conscience and give it a try. There's 4 of us wedged round the corners of a wooden crate, Me, Kay and Em, and this enormous German guy. Oooh, cosy. It's about as comfortable as sitiing on a box of razor blades, but can't really complain next to the poor elephant who has to lug us round. Still, interesting to crash through the forest 10ft up, although after 90 minutes, i think I've broken my backside.
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